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The Educational Value of Field Trips : Education Next

The Educational Value of Field Trips : Education Next | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Taking students to an art museum improves critical thinking skills, and more By Jay P. Greene, Brian Kisida and Daniel H. BowenHistorical Empathy. Tours of art museums also affect students’ values. Visiting an art museum exposes students to a diversity of ideas, peoples, places, and time periods. That broadening experience imparts greater appreciation and understanding. We see the effects in significantly higher historical empathy and tolerance measures among students randomly assigned to a school tour of Crystal Bridges.

Historical empathy is the ability to understand and appreciate what life was like for people who lived in a different time and place. This is a central purpose of teaching history, as it provides students with a clearer perspective about their own time and place. To measure historical empathy, we included three statements on the survey with which students could express their level of agreement or disagreement:

 

1) I have a good understanding of how early Americans thought and felt;

 

2) I can imagine what life was like for people 100 years ago; and

 

3) When looking at a painting that shows people, I try to imagine what those people are thinking. We combined these items into a scale measuring historical empathy.

 

Students who went on a tour of Crystal Bridges experience a 6 percent of a standard deviation increase in historical empathy. 

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(Empathic Design) Not feeling it? Learn how to navigate the roadblocks to empathy

(Empathic Design) Not feeling it? Learn how to navigate the roadblocks to empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
What disrupts empathy?
In the study by the Max Planck Institute, participants were paired up, and each person was shown an image that was either pleasant or unpleasant. At the same time, they were each given something equally pleasant or unpleasant to touch, such as soft fur or slime. (The tactile stimuli ensured that participants’ thoughts wouldn’t trump their emotions in subsequent decision-making.)

 

The outcome was striking: When experiencing different stimuli, the participants were more likely to project their feelings and circumstances onto the other person, rather than the other way around, confirming that empathy relies on being in a neutral or shared state.

“Up to now, the social neuroscience models have assumed that we mainly draw on our own emotions as a reference for empathy. This only works, however, if we are in a neutral state or the same state as our counterpart—otherwise, the brain must counteract and correct,” stated Tania Singer, who headed the research team.

 

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People Who Cry During Movies Aren't Weak, They're Emotionally Strong

People Who Cry During Movies Aren't Weak, They're Emotionally Strong | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy makes us better, stronger human beings. Research shows fiction, in both literary and cinematic forms, greatly improves peoples capacity for empathy.

This makes a lot of sense because truly engaging fiction permits us to step into a character’s shoes and envision a different reality, perhaps far more difficult and trying than our own.

In turn, we become more open-minded and understanding individuals, making us increasingly compassionate in our interactions with others...

 

Simply put, tears grant us sight and strength in both a figurative and literal sense, or as Victor Hugo once put it: Those who do not weep, do not see.

 

John Haltiwanger

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(Empathic Parenting) The Empathy Revolution Begins at Home

(Empathic Parenting) The Empathy Revolution Begins at Home | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
A revolution of empathy needs to begin in our individual homes. The expression of compassion, acceptance, and the capability to show empathy needs to become the foundation for raising children surrounded by intolerance.

Home environments where a child can feel secure in expressing their curiosity about different races, religions, or lifestyles has to be created and secured. It’s a process which can have everlasting, positive effects on the generations to come.

A child should be able to have their questions about different cultures and lifestyles answered in a manner that does not include disgust, rejection, or tones of absolute judgement. This is where it all begins. In the home. The seeds of empathy for other human beings are planted in the living rooms, bedrooms, and kitchens across this nation and world.

 

Michelle Zunter

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Google Glass could change the way autistic kids read faces

Google Glass could change the way autistic kids read faces | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Like many autistic children, Julian Brown has trouble reading emotions in people’s faces, one of the biggest challenges for people with the neurological disorder.

Now the 10-year-old San Jose boy is getting help from “autism glass” — an experimental device that records and analyzes faces in real time and alerts him to the emotions they’re expressing.

The facial recognition software was developed at Stanford University and runs on Google Glass, a computerized headset with a front-facing camera and a tiny display just above the right eye
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THE STRESS OF PREJUDICE: Empathy: The Salve for Prejudice 

THE STRESS OF PREJUDICE: Empathy: The Salve for Prejudice  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy: The Salve for Prejudice
The key to understanding prejudice is to use empathy to uncover the root of the bias and the negative physical effects it causes.

 

Empathy is the capacity to understand and respond to the unique experiences of another. It is not an emotion or a feeling but a capacity that is innately present. Empathy is part of our genetic endowment; it is essentially our ability to read others accurately, to see beyond the surface into the soul of another human being. 

Empathy is often confused with sympathy. Sympathy, as opposed to empathy, occurs when we identify with another person’s experience even when we do not actually know whether our experiences are similar. For example, you hear that a neighbor is being transferred to Texas, and you immediately respond by saying how sorry you are that her family has to move.

 

She responds by telling you that she is going to work for her sister’s clothing chain as a buyer, and it’s the opportunity of a lifetime; plus, she and her husband will be near family and close to her old university and college friends. You realize with embarrassment that your quick reaction was not factual but emotional, projecting how you would feel rather than slowing down and gathering the facts. 

 

by Arthur P. Ciaramicoli

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The Stress Solution By Dr Arthur Ciaramicoli

The Stress Solution By Dr Arthur Ciaramicoli | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Stress is an issue for many people in the 21st century. Empathy is something that many people are lacking and resilience is something that we can definitely use in our lives.

 

Dr. Ciaramicoli shares information in this interview to help us make exciting changes in our lives to be happier, have less stress and make interesting changes for ourselves and in our relationships.

 

You can join us and learn about the importance of showing empathy to others but also to ourselves. You will also learn how empathy for others will also lower your stress and anxiety level — and that’s just the beginning of the discussion…

 

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 Empathy Museum  

 Empathy Museum   | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The Empathy Museum’s first exhibit is a shoe shop where visitors are invited to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes – literally.

 

With contributions that range from a sewer worker to a sex worker the stories cover different aspects of life, from loss and grief to hope and love and take the visitor on an empathetic as well as a physical journey. A Mile in My Shoes opened in London as part of Totally Thames Festival 2015 (supported by Wanda One UK).

 

In February/March 2016 we exhibited as part of the Perth International Arts Festival with 31 new stories and pairs of shoes from Western Australia collected with local producers Centre for Stories. During our time in Perth we welcomed over 3,500 visitors to walk a mile in a stranger's shoes. Listen to a selection of the stories below or visit our SoundCloud playlist for more.

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  Podcast: How to Find Happiness through Empathy! (Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli, "The Stress Solution"

  Podcast: How to Find Happiness through Empathy! (Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli, "The Stress Solution" | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli shares how empathy helps reduce & eliminate stress & brings happiness!
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Mirror neurons, the ‘Ghandi effect’, enable us to share sensations:  empathy neurons that allow us to feel other people’s feelings and bodily sensations

Mirror neurons, the ‘Ghandi effect’, enable us to share sensations:  empathy neurons that allow us to feel other people’s feelings and bodily sensations | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

He says: “They are empathy neurons that allow us to feel other people’s feelings and bodily sensations … This is the basis of much Eastern philosophy.”

 

We are, he says, only separated by skin; there is no independent self, aloof from others; rather we are all connected — not just by Facebook or the ­internet — but literally by neuron chains talking to each other, a shared consciousness. “This is not mumbo jumbo philosophy, it’s basic neuroscience,” he says.

Ramachandran is author of The Tell-Tale Brain and a distinguished professor of neuro­science at the University of California. One of the early ­researchers into mirror neurons, he has called them “the basis of civilisation” in a TED talk and ­believes that the virtual reality mirror neurons — which comprise between 10 and 20 per cent of the neurons we use for real activity — are the cornerstone of human empathy, language and love.


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Design Thinking Develops Empathy

Design Thinking Develops Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Here are further ideas and resources for global scale Design Thinking projects:

  • "Empathy on the Edge": An essay on exploring how empathy Design Thinking works.
  • "Extreme By Design": An interactive experience designed for 4th through 12th grade students, to be completed after watching the Extreme By Design documentary. Learning Episode 1 ("Being an Innovator") will help students think and act like innovators using the design thinking approach.
  • "A Design Challenge to Students: Solve a Real-World Problem!": This blog provides a couple of design challenge ideas to use with elementary and high school students.
  • The Ethics Institute at Kent Place School: This innovative program will bring teams of educators and students from schools across the metro-New York area to the Kent Place School campus to develop new approaches and solutions to complex real-world issues within their respective school communities using methods adapted from the Ethical Decision-Making Model and Design Thinking.
  • "Design Thinking, Making, and Learning from the Heart": A blog highlighting the process of design thinking to redesign high school social studies curriculum.

 

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How can we develop empathy through storytelling?  

How can we develop empathy through storytelling? - Changemaker Education - Medium

Because a human being is endowed with empathy, he violates the natural order if he does not reach out to those who need care. Responding to this empathy, one is in harmony with the order of things, with dharma; otherwise, one is not.”  Dayananda Saraswati

 
Our stories are powerful tools that can be used to confront social problems. When a personal story is being shared we unconsciously create an emotional connection with the storyteller and empathize with their experience.

 

While we cannot empathize with everyone’s situation and experiences, we gravitate towards certain elements and information from the story itself; like dates, events, images, names and places which resonate in our own lives.

 

This allows us to better understand the emotional makeup of the person that is sharing their story with us and therefore, helps us develop empathy towards people that were once strangers.

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Empathy Theme of TEDx Livermore

Empathy Theme of TEDx Livermore | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
TEDxLivermore team has chosen empathy as the theme for its 2016 meeting.


Tedx will be held from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on June 25th at Las Positas College in Livermore. Global thought leaders, entrepreneurs, authors, artists, innovators and scientists will present their ideas on the topic: “The Economics of Empathy: Empathy as Currency for Building Community”


TEDxLivermore is supported by ReImagine Science, the Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce, Innovation Tri-Valley, Common SciSense (Livermore), and i-GATE Innovation Hub.

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The Secret Underground History of Empathy

The Secret Underground History of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
What we will cover:
  • If empathy is so great, why does there seem to be so little of it in the world?
  • Can empathy be trained?


Explore the secret underground history of empathy in such thinkers as

  • David Hume,
  • Immanuel Kant,
  • Theodor Lipps,
  • Sigmund Freud,
  • Edmund Husserl,
  • Martin Heidegger in this lecture.


Surveys show that most people think that empathy is compassion. The world certainly needs more compassion, but it is not synonymous with empathy. Empathy tells you what the other person is experiencing as a vicarious experience, and not an identification; compassion (and ethics) tells you what to do about it. Empathy is oxygen for the soul. If one is feeling short of breath at the end of the school year or business cycle, it is possible that they are in need of expanded empathy.

 

BY LOU AGOSTA

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(Empathic Design) Dare to choose empathy - empathy training

(Empathic Design) Dare to choose empathy - empathy training | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

When it comes to increasing your capacity for empathy, the journey can be a lot like chasing happiness or love or any other elusive and sometimes fleeting emotion. Empathy might find you, but sometimes you just have to choose it.

Science tells us that, in any given moment, we either feel empathy or we don’t—and that we’re even able to recognize when we’re not feeling empathy in a moment when we should and autocorrect. That’s because the brain’s capacity for empathy is elastic and when we believe we can be more empathetic, we can be.

 

"Empathy takes practice, empathy can be improved, and if you’re willing, it can transform all of us—both professionally and personally." Magali Charmot

 

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(Empathic Leadership) Sensitive People Aren't Weak, They're Actually Natural-Born Leaders

(Empathic Leadership) Sensitive People Aren't Weak, They're Actually Natural-Born Leaders | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

You can’t lead without empathy. Think about the worst bosses you’ve ever had. Chances are they were egotistical, terrible at listening and deeply insecure.

They likely never exhibited compassion for others and were completely self-absorbed. Consequently, they made you miserable and worse at your job.

Ernest Hemingway once stated:
When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.
Great leaders are great listeners. They listen with empathy, sincerely attempting to put themselves in the other person’s shoes.


Concurrently, they build trust, alleviate discontentment and help catalyze solutions to various problems and grievances.

 

John Haltiwanger

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Dalai Lama's visit focuses on compassion, harmony

Dalai Lama's visit focuses on compassion, harmony | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Throughout his talk, the Dalai Lama made several strong calls for personal and global peace. Here is a sampling:

1. Compassion is always the answer.

With a public talk titled "Compassion as the Pillar of World Peace," the Dalai Lama lived up to his billing. He said compassion is the antidote of anger, frustration and violence.

"Now scientists even say, basic human nature is compassionate," he said. "The compassionate feeling toward your enemy, the trouble maker … only we human beings can do that."

2. The external follows the internal.
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Reciprocal empathy, second-person engagement and self-alienation: A Husserlian proposal concerning the link between socialization and communalization | Dan Zahavi  

Reciprocal empathy, second-person engagement and self-alienation: A Husserlian proposal concerning the link between socialization and communalization | Dan Zahavi   | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Reciprocal empathy, second-person engagement and self-alienation One of the central questions within contemporary debates about collective intentionality concerns the notion and status of the we.

 

The question, however, is by no means new. At the beginning of the last century, it was already intensively discussed in phenomenology. Whereas Heidegger argued that a focus on empathy is detrimental to a proper understanding of the we, and that the latter is more fundamental than any dyadic interaction, other phenomenologists, such as Stein, Walther and Husserl, insisted on the importance of empathy for proper we-experiences. In my talk, I will present some of the key moves in this debate and then discuss and assess Husserl’s specific proposal.

 

 

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What Is Empathic Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (ECBT)

What Is Empathic Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (ECBT) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The new combination of CBT, the power of empathy and the addition of how to change brain chemistry naturally is an integrative therapeutic method I have developed over the last 35 years.

 

This unique psychology perspective will provide you with the most comprehensive approach to balance your mental and physical health while reducing stress significantly.  CBT corrects distorted thinking and empathy calms the emotional brain so we can use this capacity to perceive others and ourselves accurately and thoughtfully.

 

How we perceive is directly related to how much stress we accumulate. In addition this approach teaches you how to produce your own natural brain chemicals that create calm, focused energy to do and be the best you can be. These three components produce a synergy that enhances our lives and releases our potential. Studies indicate that Americans have fewer friends; trust has decreased as well as the degree of empathy shown to others, while prejudice has increased and race relations have deteriorated. 

 

Half of Americans lie awake at night due to job stress and three quarters indicate they suffer from emotional or physical stress symptoms daily.

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Arthur Ciaramicoli shared valuable tips on how to improve your empathy so you can create the most intimate relationships - in love, life, and work.

Arthur Ciaramicoli shared valuable tips on how to improve your empathy so you can create the most intimate relationships - in love, life, and work. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 

How do you build the most intimate relationships? The key ingredient is empathy. My radio guest, Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, EdD, PhD, is the author of The Stress Solution: Using Empathy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Reduce Anxiety and Develop Resilience.

 

He is a licensed clinical psychologist and the chief medical officer of soundmindz.org, a popular mental health platform. He has been on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and chief psychologist of Metrowest Medical Center. Dr. Ciaramicoli shared valuable tips on how to improve your empathy so you can create the most intimate relationships—in love, life, and work. Highlights from the show below. 

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(Empathic Leadership) Empathy in leadership: why it really matters: Empathy in leadership helps you deal with the rain

(Empathic Leadership) Empathy in leadership: why it really matters: Empathy in leadership helps you deal with the rain | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy in leadership is one of the most important factors influencing workplaces today. A lack of empathy in leadership can have dramatic consequences for staff and teams, leading to behaviour that makes the workplace unpleasant.

Given that one of the most common reasons people leave their jobs is because of their bosses, it stands to reason that a lack of empathy in leadership may be behind many of these resignations.

Why empathy in leadership matters?...

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NY Times: Is Selfie Culture Making Our Kids Selfish?

NY Times: Is Selfie Culture Making Our Kids Selfish? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

By SHARON JAYSON

In “UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World,” her 23rd book, Dr. Borba combines scientific research with tales from real-world families and offers concrete tips on how to cultivate kindness.

We talked recently about “selfie syndrome,” ways to flip the focus away from the self and specific activities to build empathy in our children. Here is an edited excerpt of our conversation

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(Empathic Parenting) Empathy – Following are some of Dr. Borba’s tips for how to flip the focus and cultivate kindness.

(Empathic Parenting) Empathy – Following are some of Dr. Borba’s tips for how to flip the focus and cultivate kindness. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Following are some of Dr. Borba’s tips for how to flip the focus and cultivate kindness.

  • When your children walk out the door, remind them to do one or two kind things each day.
  • Show that you value kindness. Do not just ask, “What you get on your test today?” but, “What kind thing did you do?”
  • Praise your kids for being kind in the moment – when they have earned it: “That was being kind because you offered your toy to your friend.”
  • Make kindness a regular happening. Put a box by your front door for gently used items and when it fills up, drop it off together for a needy family.
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Attunement in Expressive Arts Therapy: Toward an Understanding of Embodied Empathy 

Attunement in Expressive Arts Therapy: Toward an Understanding of Embodied Empathy addresses how the arts in practice and in therapeutic contexts offer expanded ways of being attuned to emotional states and life conditions with individuals, relationships, groups, and communities.

 

Each chapter clearly articulates how to utilize the arts in order to tune in to self, other and a larger mystical, sacred or spiritual presence.

 

This book allows the reader to intimately enter into the core essence of what artists and arts based therapists experience in their studios and in the practice of expressive arts therapy.

 

Through a solid theoretical grounding that draws on an interdisciplinary understanding of how rhythm, resonance, improvisation, relational-attachment, intimacy, developmental play, transpersonal psychology and multiple intelligences contribute to an embodied experience of empathy, poignant stories from the author's 35 years as an artist and therapist come alive, allowing the reader to experience the spirit and essence of how the arts have been used throughout history to maintain healthy physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. 

 

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Empathy is the key to Pope Francis’ vision for strengthening families.

Empathy is the key to Pope Francis’ vision for strengthening families. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Indeed, I would suggest that empathy, although mentioned only once, underlies the entire document and is a key to its implementation. It is not farfetched to imagine that the pope’s many gestures of compassion—the affection he shows to people at general audiences, his visits to prisons and refugee camps—are driven by empathy, by an ability to enter into and resonate with the joys and sorrows of others, especially the poor and marginalized.

 

Likewise, this same empathy could explain his decision to place the challenging situations of families today at the center of the church’s conversations and the two recent synods.

Certainly his pastoral service in Buenos Aires allowed Pope Francis to experience and empathize with the vast array of marital and family situations that are discussed in the exhortation itself. But the cultivation of empathy has another profound and irreplaceable source found over and over again in Christians who embark on visible or even hidden journeys of generous service of others. It is contemplation of Christ crucified. Entering into the sufferings of Christ schools the human spirit in sensitivity to the sufferings of others.

 

John J. Strynkowski

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TEDxLivermore 2016: We believe that the antidotes can be found exploring empathy as a currency for building community,

TEDxLivermore 2016: We believe that the antidotes can be found exploring empathy as a currency for building community, | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

This year we are taking our theme from inspiring discussions we have had regarding the kinds of pressures, stresses, and divisive forces that face us in our world today. These forces diminish productivity and excellence. We believe that the antidotes can be found exploring empathy as a currency for building community, which is why we have chosen the Economics of Empathy as our theme for TEDxLivermore 2016.

 

TEDxLivermore will present the most inspiring thinking on empathy and inclusion from the Tri-Valley and beyond. We believe that understanding and addressing these issues will enable us to make the best future possible for our community and our world.


We invite you to be a part of something great, and join us for TEDxLivermore 2016

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